Series established August 13, 1981
This specification describes four classes concerned with Health Education Consultation used to support/advise individuals, public and private health agencies and other local and State entities on matters pertaining to the development, implementation, operations and administration of health education programs, projects, and policies.
Entry into this series may be at any level.
The Health Education Consultant series is used to provide advice and assistance to individuals or public health agencies in the promotion of good health and disease prevention through education. Incumbents perform the following types of duties with a degree of independence and expertise commensurate with their experience and appointed level: provide expert advice to public health agencies in developing, coordinating, planning, organizing, and evaluating new or established health education programs; provide consultation to public and private agencies on specific education programs; develop, conduct, or coordinate training programs; identify training resources and monitor training budget; coordinate with professional health education related organizations to minimize duplication of efforts and maintain and improve standards; participate in the selection of the pretest group and evaluate effectiveness of educational materials provided; review educational materials for accuracy, sensitivity, readability, and appropriateness for target group; advise management of new developments in health education and recommend new approaches or objectives; develop or coordinate development of educational materials including manuals, slides/tapes, or written materials; identify and justify funding sources; negotiate or assist in the negotiation of health education contracts with public and/or private health educators; monitor�agencies/individuals for compliance with contract and program concepts; participate in the Request for Proposal process through development, analysis and evaluation, recommendation, participate as a member of a multidisciplinary team/group recommending health education policies, programs, standards, or procedures; prepare legislative reports or proposals; analyze legislative bills for program impact and/or compliance; write articles, reports, and studies on various aspects of health education; lecture at colleges or serve as guest speaker at conferences; represent the Department on specific educational programs at conferences or other professional gatherings.
Scope of responsibility assigned; the complexity and sensitivity of program assignments; the independence and consequence of action; the level and scope of responsibility for program and policy development and implementation; the impact of decisions on statewide programs; and the degree of supervisory and administrative responsibility.
This is the training and first working level. Under close supervision, as a trainee incumbents will be given training to develop and strengthen skills in interpretation, application, consultation, and program planning in health education and will gain experience necessary to effectively perform at the first working level. Incumbents perform the more routine assignments and may assist in developing, monitoring, and evaluating established or new health education programs, projects or policies.
Under supervision, at the first working level, incumbents provide the less complex planning, consulting, monitoring, and evaluating functions of health education policies, programs, or projects of average difficulty, relating to a specific public health program; assist with the more complex health education policies, programs, or projects, in the identification of objectives and development and evaluation of program planning; participate in contract negotiations, selection of pretesting methods and target groups; monitor program progress and contract compliance; participate in developing, coordinating, and conducting training programs; coordinate inventory of educational resources and materials.
This is the full journey level. Under direction in an assigned geographic area or special subject matter area, independently provides complex health education consultation to public and private agencies; plans, develops, organizes, monitors, and evaluates health education programs and projects; negotiates and recommends approval of contracts; develops, coordinates, and conducts training programs; may also serve in a lead capacity to education consultants and other health-related multidisciplinary staff; develops and evaluates program standards, policies, and procedures of average difficulty; and does other related work.
Positions at this level are responsible for functioning as nonsupervisory technical specialists in the most difficult, complex, and/or sensitive programs; and making recommendations in policy development in their areas of expertise. Positions are allocated to this class where the level of expertise required is definably greater than at the journey level. Incumbents serve as highly skilled technical program education consultants or as recognized authorities in areas of extreme sensitivity, and/or complexity. Incumbents have statewide responsibility for the health education and related components of a major statewide project or program and may have coordinating or lead responsibility for health education and other professional-technical health staff. The policy and/or program development responsibility at this level may have significant impact on other departmental health programs or on local, State, or Federal agencies. The work performed at this level has the potential for resulting in establishment of new programs or major modification of existing programs.
Under general direction, incumbents provide the most complex consultation; develop, plan, organize, coordinate, implement, and evaluate the health education and related components of major statewide projects or programs; evaluate and ensure statewide program consistency; provide professional and administrative guidance to program/project staff in a lead capacity; propose and develop programs, legislation, regulations, policy, and procedures; and other related work.
This is the first level supervisor. Under general direction, incumbents supervise a small to moderate group of health education consultants (three to seven). Incumbents may also have supervisory responsibility for a multidisciplinary health education administrative and clerical staff. Incumbents personally perform the most difficult, complex, or sensitive consultation, policy, and program development work.
Possession of a master's degree with specialization in public or community health education awarded on completion of a program of study accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health sanctioned by the American Public Health Association.
One year of experience performing the duties of a Health Education Consultant�I, Range�B, in California state service.
Experience: Two years of post master's experience in planning, directing and conducting public health education programs. (Experience gained in the California state service applied toward this pattern must include one year performing duties comparable to the Health Education Consultant�I, Range�B.) and
Education: Possession of a master's degree with specialization in public or community health education awarded on completion of a program of study accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health sanctioned by the American Public Health Association.
One year of experience performing the duties of a Health Education Consultant�II in California state service.
Experience: Three years of progressively responsible post master's experience in planning, directing and conducting public health education programs, two years of which must have been as a Senior Health Educator or Director of Health Education in a large local health agency. (Experience gained in the California state service applied toward this pattern must include one year performing duties comparable to Health Education Consultant�II.) and
Knowledge of: Principles, methods, and techniques effective in the planning and implementation of a health education program; materials and literature on public health education; principles and methods of community organization and group work; educational theory for multiple audiences; principles and practices of public health administration; principles and methods of consultation; methods of community study and of evaluation methods applicable to health education practice; public health principles, programs and practices at the national, State, and community levels; and theories and processes of education and their relationship in bringing about voluntary behavioral change.
Ability to: Train others in the principles and practices of health education; develop, implement and evaluate less complex health education programs and projects; conduct conference workshops and training programs; establish and maintain productive working relationships with other health disciplines, agencies, organizations and the public; communicate health education knowledge for application by other disciplines and the public; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; prepare reports; and communicate effectively.
Knowledge of: All of the above, and administration and organization of health care delivery systems; principles and methodology of research; contract negotiations and administration.
Ability to: All of the above, and apply principles and methodology of research; recognize, assess, and develop solutions to problems associated with health education programs.
Knowledge of: All of the above, and management problem-solving methods; interagency and interdisciplinary relationships; current trends in the field of health education and health care services; principles and practices of policy formulation; preparation and planning for coordination of programs with other governmental or private agencies in the development or implementation of health education programs.
Ability to: All of the above, and develop, implement, and evaluate the most complex, controversial, sensitive, and/or difficult programs, projects and policies; plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of an interdisciplinary team in the implementation of health education programs.
Knowledge of: All of the above, and principles and techniques of effective administration and supervision; the Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: All of the above, and apply principles of administration and supervision; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
Willingness to travel throughout the State, work irregular hours, and possession of a valid driver's license.
When the requirements for the particular criteria are met and upon recommendation of the appointing power, the employee may receive a rate under the provisions of Section 599.676.
Range A. This range shall apply to incumbents who do not meet the criteria for payment in Range�B.
Range B. This range shall apply to persons who have either: ��(1)�satisfactorily completed 12 months experience in Range�A; or (2)�12 months of experience outside of State service performing duties related to professional health education activities in a class comparable to Health Education Consultant�I, Range�A.
Typical examples of settings of experience used in meeting the criteria are:��State service; the Federal Government; other State and local government entities which provide work experience comparable to Health Education Consultant�I. | Experience in different setting may be combined toward meeting the criteria.